The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Erotic Romance



By Gail Pruszkowski

Romance novels are all about the relationship. Whether the genre is historical, paranormal or contemporary the focus is on the characters and how they overcome all obstacles to be together. Erotic romance grows more popular every day proving that many women like hot and steamy sex scenes in their love stories. We’re not talking pornography. Readers still want an engrossing plot and well-developed characters. But after almost unbearable sexual tension, dreadful conflict and emotional angst the big payoff is the love scene. Today’s readers don’t want the bedroom door slammed in their faces when the characters finally have sex.

Those who want to spice up their writing will find a wealth of advice in THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE by Alison Kent. Ms. Kent has written more than thirty novels and novellas, including “The Beach Alibi,” “Larger than Life,” “The Bane Affair,” “Deep Breath” and “The Perfect Stranger.” She is eminently qualified to help writers create the hot delicious love scenes that readers want.

Her book covers everything from alternative lifestyles to world-building. In chapter one you’ll learn how to develop your characters, plot your story and create sexual tension. What about safe sex? It’s in chapter twenty-two. Need a lesson on seductive conversation? You’ll find it in chapter sixteen. Worried about your comfort zone? Check out chapter seventeen.

Much of the author’s advice can be applied to any romance genre. But be forewarned the main focus is erotic romance and writing sex scenes. The topics are presented in a candid and forthright manner that’s not meant to titillate, but to educate.

Ms. Kent includes a glossary, a list of publishers of erotic romance, resources and recommended reading. A roundtable discussion with eighteen authors is very enlightening.

If you’re interested in turning up the heat in your own writing I highly recommend a copy of THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE.

Publisher: Alpha (September 5, 2006) Paperback: 336 pages ISBN-13: 978-1592575466

Gail writes romance, paranormal and otherwise as Gale Stanley.
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